Andrzej Duda rejects Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol

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President of Poland, Andrzej Duda has decided not to ratify the Doha Amendment, which prolongs the Kyoto Protocol up to 2020.

The Chancellery of the President explained that the amendment would impose  “legally binding commitments regarding greenhouse gas emissions ” on Poland.

“Binding the Republic of Poland with the international agreement which affects the functioning of the economy and generates social costs should be preceded by a detailed analysis of the legal and economic consequences. (…) According to the president, these consequences haven’t been presented,” the chancellery said in a statement.

The Kyoto Protocol was valid between 2008 and 2012, its aim was to to fight global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere to “a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The Doha Amendment extended the protocol until 2020.

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